Welsh Valentine

My husband reminded me that today is St Dwynwen’s Day.
Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness – St. Dwynwen

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.
She founded a chapel on Ynys Llanddwyn, a small tidal island off Anglesey (Ynys Mon).The name Llanddwyn means “The church of St. Dwynwen”.

Llanddwyn images

In September 2004 Hollywood came to Anglesey, an Island in North West Wales where Demi Moore arrived to shoot scenes for the romantic thriller ‘Half Light’.

Imdb : Filming on the Island of Llanddwyn in North Wales has caused an outrage in the local community. People are angry for the “spiritual” Island being used as a film set.

I have often anchored in the bay below the lighthouse, or off Newborough sands, and walked to the island along the sands to explored the bay, the ruins, the lighthouse and the pilots cottages there.

Dymuniadau gorau ar gyfer dydd Santes Dwynwen.

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